Turkish authorities said the Greek coast guard fired on a ship in international waters in the northern Aegean Sea.
The incident marks a new escalation of tension between the two NATO member countries, after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused neighboring Turkey of “harassment”, reports money.bg.
Briefly the incident: Two Greek boats opened fire on a 93-meter passenger ship named Anatolian flying under the flag of Comoros. There were 18 personnel on board the vessel and there were no injuries.
According to an official of the Greek Ministry of Shipping, the ship did not make any signals and the Greek Coast Guard asked it to stop so they could board it for inspection. The captain refused, causing the Coast Guard to fire a warning shot into the air rather than at the ship.
The tension between Greece and Turkey continues to grow. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stepped up his criticism of the growing buildup of Greek military power near the Turkish coast. Erdogan does not hide his irritation and that Athens enjoys military support from the West.
For his part, during the Thessaloniki International Fair, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that Greece will not give in to threats.
Mitsotakis called on Turkey to stop its “unhistorical arguments”, stressing that Greece says “no” to Erdogan and threats to his country.
“Bullying – yok”, announced the Greek Prime Minister, using the Turkish word “yok”, with which he wanted to emphasize that the Turkish aggression must end.
Greece has repeatedly called on Turkey to stop questioning its sovereignty over the Dodecanese – a group of islands off the Turkish coast that include Rhodes and Kos – which were ceded to Greece by Italy after World War II.
On the Turkish side, they insist that Athens must respect the 1947 peace treaty, which allows Greece to have only a small contingent of soldiers in the Dodecanese.